DMU Research Symposium highlights faculty, staff research achievements

The DMU Research Symposium on Dec. 7 provided the opportunity to recognize the research and scholarly excellence of faculty and staff over the past year (Dec. 1, 2016 – Nov. 30, 2017). The awards focused on individuals who had an impact on advancing knowledge in science, health, education, wellness or other fields of study.

Congratulations to all for their accomplishments! Visit the DMU continuing medical education Facebook page to view photos from the symposium. Click here to read more about the symposium and its student award recipients.

FACULTY AWARDS 

First Research Proposal Submitted – any external proposal submitted for a sponsored project as a principal investigator (PI) at DMU

Federal

  • Kevin Carnevale, Ph.D. – “The Role of Phospholipase A2 in Restenosis,” National Institutes of Health, R15
  • Sarah Clayton, Ph.D. – “Influence of the Renal Nerves on Neuroplasticity in the Central Nervous System During Hypertension,” National Institutes of Health, R15

Non-Federal External

  • Jeritt Tucker Ph.D. – “Interprofessional Simulation in Behavioral Medicine: Interprofessional Attitudes, Mental Health Stigma, and Effective Patient Care,” International Association of Medical Science Educators

First Award Received – first sponsored project award received as a PI at DMU

  • Noah Marcus, Ph.D. – “The Role of the Carotid Body Chemoreflex in the Development of Renal Dysfunction in Chronic Heart Failure,” National Institutes of Health (R15), $373,760
  • Jolene Maggert, M.S.N. – “Care Coordination Training and Certification Reimbursements,” Iowa Department of Public Health, $3,000
  • Kathy Mercuris, P.T., D.H.S. – “Stroke Camp,” Prairie Meadows, $5,000
  • Philip Blumberg, M.H.A. – “Clinical Innovations for Prediabetes Assessment and Referral,” Iowa Department of Public Health, $12,000
  • Elitsa Ananieva-Stoyanova, Ph.D. – “Engaging Students in Cancer Research: Leucine Metabolism in Bone Sarcoma Cancer,” $2,149

Funding Exceeding $100,000 in One Award – sponsored project award received at DMU

  • Noah Marcus, Ph.D. – “The Role of the Carotid Body Chemoreflex in the Development of Renal Dysfunction in Chronic Heart Failure,” National Institutes of Health (R15), $373,760

Funding $25,000 – $100,000 in One Award

  • Julie Meachen, Ph.D. – “Natural Trap Cave Revisited: Ancient DNA, Climate and the Megafaunal Extinction,” National Science Foundation, Supplemental Funding

Funding $25,000 or Less in One Award

  • Kathy Mercuris, P.T., D.H.S. – “Stroke Camp,” Prairie Meadows
    Kathy Mercuris, P.T., took home several awards from the DMU Research Symposium.
  • Suzanne Bohlson, Ph.D., LiLian Yuan, Ph.D., and Eric Wauson, Ph.D. – “Acquisition of Odyssey Image System,” Li-Cor
  • Elitsa Ananieva-Stoyanova, Ph.D. – “Engaging Students in Cancer Research: Leucine Metabolism in Bone Sarcoma Cancer,” Iowa Science Foundation
  • Suzanne Bohlson, Ph.D. – “Travel Award to Attend Annual Conference,” American Association of Immunologists
  • Philip Blumberg, M.H.A. – “Clinical Innovations for Prediabetes Assessment and Referral,” Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Vanessa Ross, M.H.A.
    • “Prioritizing Sexual Health for Iowans Impacted by Cancer,” All of Me: After Cancer, Solutions for Sexual Health
    • “Des Moines HPV VAC Project,” Iowa Cancer Consortium
    • “Grand Rounds: Pinpointing the Progression of Multiple Sclerosis: Differentiation, Evaluation and Treatment,” France Foundation
  • Muhammad Spocter, Ph.D. – “Mapping the brain of the African Painted Dog (Lycaon pictus): A Collaborative Research and Graduate Student Training Project in Quantitative Neuroscience,” The Carnegie-Witswatersrand University Alumni Diaspora Programme
  • Katie Stevenson, M.C.L.
    • “Glanton Scholarship Dinner,” Prairie Meadows
    • “Glanton Scholarship Dinner,” Casey’s General Stores
    • “Glanton Scholarship Dinner,” AT&T
    • “Glanton Scholarship Dinner,” Verizon
  • Jolene Maggert, M.S.N. – “Care Coordination Training and Certification Reimbursements,” Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Sue Huppert, B.S. – “Invest Health,” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Tim Yoho, D.P.M. – “Comparison of Metabolic Bone Markers in Diabetics with Peripheral Neuropathy to Non-Diabetic Subjects,” American Podiatric Medical Students’ Association

Longest Proposal Title Award

  • Tim Yoho, D.P.M. – “Changes in Osseous Forefoot Angular Relationships, Force, and Pressure Patterns with Different Loads and Movements in Association with Foot Flexibility and the Jones Fracture,” Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine Foundation (150 characters)

Shortest Proposal Title Award

  • Kathy Mercuris, P.T., D.H.S. – “Stroke Camp,” Prairie Meadows (10 characters)

Plays Well with Others Award – most collaborations with other departments at DMU

  • LiLian Yuan, Ph.D. – “Acquisition of a Confocal Microscopy System for Research and Training at Des Moines University,” National Science Foundation, Major Research Instrumentation, $542,353

Collaborators (15 faculty members):

  • LiLian Yuan, Ph.D., Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Kim Tran, Ph.D., Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Francesca Di Sole, Ph.D., Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Eric Wauson, Ph.D., Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Suzanne Bohlson, Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology
  • Andrew Brittingham, Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology
  • Wayne Wilson, Ph.D., Biochemistry and Nutrition
  • Marie Nguyen, Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology
  • Muhammad Spocter, Ph.D., Anatomy
  • Maria Barnes, Ph.D., Biochemistry and Nutrition
  • Sarah Clayton, Ph.D., Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Vanja Duric, Ph.D., Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Martin Schmidt, Ph.D., Biochemistry and Nutrition
  • Michael Carruthers, Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology
  • Julie Meachen, Ph.D., Anatomy

 

  • Jeffrey Gray, Ph.D. – “Promoting Everyday Physical Activity, Movement, and Independence Through Technology and Rural Community Engagement,” National Institutes of Health, R30 Center Grant, $1,142,782

Collaborators (15 faculty and staff members):

  • Jeffrey Gray, Ph.D., Core Leader, Office of Research
  • Paul Volker, M.D., Core Leader, Family Medicine
  • Rachel Reimer, Ph.D., Core Leader, Public Health
  • Kristin Lowry, Ph.D., Core Leader, Physical Therapy
  • Tami Swenson, Ph.D., Core Leader, Public Health
  • Darren Liu, Ph.D., Core Leader, Public Health
  • Julie Ronnebaum, Ph.D., Physical Therapy
  • Tim Yoho, D.P.M., College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Vanessa Ross, M.H.A., Continuing Medical Education
  • Philip Blumberg, M.H.A., Clinic Administration
  • Brianne Sanchez, M.P.A., Community and Public Affairs
  • Kari Smith, D.P.T., Physical Therapy
  • Kathy Mercuris, P.T., D.H.S., Physical Therapy
  • Simon Geletta, Ph.D., Public Health
  • Pam Duffy, Ph.D., Public Health

Best Babysitter Award – most students trained

  • Vassilios Vardaxis, Ph.D., nine students trained

Most Likely to Glow – most radiation in the lab

  • Wayne Wilson, Ph.D.

DMU Celebrity Award – most mentions in the news

  • Julie Meachen, Ph.D., nine stories on external media outlets

Provost’s Award for Educational Research – chosen by Robert Haak, Ph.D., M.A., interim provost

  • Leslie Wimsatt, Ph.D.

Extramural Research Bonus Recipients

  • Maria Barnes, Ph.D.
  • Traci Bush, D.P.T.
  • Jun Dai, Ph.D., M.D.
  • Simon Geletta, Ph.D.
  • Chunfa Jie, Ph.D.
  • Julie Meachen, Ph.D.
  • Noah Marcus, Ph.D.
  • Noreen O’Shea, D.O.
  • Katie Stevermer, Ph.D., D.P.T.
  • Paul Volker, D.O.
  • Eric Wauson, Ph.D.
  • LiLian Yuan, Ph.D.

Submitted Proposals

  • Elitsa Ananieva-Stoyanova, Ph.D.
  • Elizabeth Baker, Ph.D.
  • John Bennett, D.P.M.
  • Phil Blumberg, M.H.A.
  • Suzanne Bohlson, Ph.D.
  • Kevin Carnevale, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Clayton, Ph.D.
  • Francesca Di Sole, Ph.D.
  • Vanja Duric, Ph.D.
  • Yujiang Fang, Ph.D.
  • Jeffrey Gray, Ph.D.
  • Sue Huppert, B.S.
  • Chunfa Jie, Ph.D.
  • Darren Liu, Ph.D.
  • Kristin Lowry, Ph.D.
  • Jolene Maggert, M.S.N.
  • Noah Marcus, Ph.D.
  • Julie Meachen, Ph.D.
  • Kathy Mercuris, P.T., D.H.S.
  • Marie Nguyen, Ph.D.
  • Noreen O’Shea, D.O.
  • Rachel Reimer, Ph.D.
  • Vanessa Ross, M.H.A.
  • Rich Salas, Ph.D.
  • Brianne Sanchez, M.P.A.
  • Martin Schmidt, Ph.D.
  • Muhammad Spocter, Ph.D.
  • Tim Steele, Ph.D.
  • Katie Stevenson, M.C.L.
  • Kim Tran, Ph.D., M.D.
  • Jeritt Tucker, Ph.D.
  • Vassilios Vardaxis, Ph.D.
  • Eric Wauson, Ph.D.
  • Wayne Wilson, Ph.D.
  • Tim Yoho, D.P.M.
  • LiLian Yuan, Ph.D.

Current Grant Recipients

External Award

  • Elitsa Ananieva-Stoyanova, Ph.D.
  • Maria Barnes, Ph.D.
  • Suzanne Bohlson, Ph.D.
  • Jun Dai, Ph.D., M.D.
  • Vanja Duric, Ph.D.
  • Yujiang Fang, Ph.D.
  • Simon Geletta, Ph.D.
  • Chunfa Jie, Ph.D.
  • Jolene Maggert, M.S.N.
  • Noah Marcus, Ph.D.
  • Shane McClinton, D.P.T.
  • Julie Meachen, Ph.D.
  • Kathy Mercuris, P.T., D.H.S.
  • Noreen O’Shea, D.O.
  • Vanessa Ross, M.H.A.
  • Muhammad Spocter, Ph.D.
  • Katie Stevermer, D.P.T.
  • Paul Volker, M.D.
  • Eric Wauson, Ph.D.
  • Tim Yoho, D.P.M.
  • LiLian Yuan, Ph.D.

Internal Award

  • Elitsa Ananieva-Stoyanova, Ph.D.
  • Andrew Brittingham, Ph.D.
  • Lauren Butaric, Ph.D.
  • Michael Carruthers, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Clayton, Ph.D.
  • Paul Dayton, D.P.M.
  • Rachel Dunn, Ph.D.
  • Yujiang Fang, Ph.D.
  • Kristin Lowry, Ph.D.
  • Shane McClinton, D.P.T.
  • Kathy Mercuris, P.T., D.H.S.
  • Marie Nguyen, Ph.D.
  • Shannon Petersen, D.P.T.
  • Julie Ronnebaum, Ph.D.
  • Martin Schmidt, Ph.D.
  • Tim Steele, Ph.D.
  • Kim Tran, Ph.D., M.D.
  • Sarah Werning, Ph.D.
  • Wayne Wilson, Ph.D.
  • Tim Yoho, D.P.M.